Sing You Home by Jodi Picoult

by |April 11, 2011

There are very few readers who could claim never to have heard of Jodi Picoult. Her impact on modern publishing has been immense. Now her books are everywhere. But it wasn’t always so.

The Pact was one of those slow burner books that caught the reading world by surprise – a book that friends encouraged friends to read. And long before the film arrived there was My Sister’s Keeper, the book, which booksellers continue to love and hand sell.

What is the secret to Jodi’s success then? Well, she never repeats herself. She has an insatiable interest in difficult moral dilemmas. She lets her curiosity drive her deeper and deeper into sometimes very uncomfortable issues. But she never lectures. The characters and the situations develop naturally. She explores the issue with an open mind and gives you the feeling that she is just as surprised by the developments as her readers are.

About Sing You Home:
Zoe Baxter has spent ten years trying to have a baby, and finally it looks as though her dream is about to come true – she is seven months pregnant. But a terrible turn of events takes away her baby and breaks apart her marriage to Max. In the aftermath she throws herself into her career as a music therapist. When Vanessa, a guidance counsellor, asks Zoe to work with a suicidal teen, Vanessa and Zoe’s relationship moves from business to friendship and then, to Zoe’s surprise, blossoms into love.

When Zoe allows herself to start thinking of having a family again, she remembers that she and Max still have frozen embryos they never used. Max, meanwhile, has found peace at the bottom of a bottle, until he is redeemed by an evangelical church where the pastor has vowed to fight the ‘homosexual agenda’ that threatens traditional family values. This mission becomes personal for Max when Zoe and her partner want permission to raise his unborn child.

Sing You Home is an honest and moving story of contemporary relationships and the consequences of love and desire colliding with science and the law. From tragedy to self-discovery and joy, Zoe, Vanessa and Max will realise the undeniable truth – that you can’t choose who you love.

Jodi Picoult’s novels will grab you from the first line and they will lead you down paths you would not normally choose to go yourself. This can be confronting at times, but so well worth it.

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While still in his twenties, John Purcell opened a second-hand bookshop in Mosman, Sydney, in which he sat for ten years reading, ranting and writing. Since then he has written, under a pseudonym, a series of very successful novels, interviewed hundreds of writers about their work, appeared at writers’ festivals, on TV (most bizarrely in comedian Luke McGregor’s documentary Luke Warm Sex) and has been featured in prominent newspapers and magazines. ​Now, as the Director of Books at, Australia’s largest online bookseller, he supports Australian writing in all its forms. He lives in Sydney with his wife, two children, three dogs, five cats, unnumbered gold fish and his overlarge book collection. His novel, The Girl on the Page, will be published by HarperCollins Australia in October, 2018.

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